"C'Mon Man!" The 10 Least Valuable NFL Players of the 2010 Season
Most of us are familiar with the segment "C'Mon Man!" on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown.
Each week the studio analysts pick a particular team or player with whom they are disappointed for a decision or play they made in the past week.
Not included in this list are players who didn't help their team primarily due to injury. Injuries are part of the game.
Well, the following 10 players simply get a C'Mon Man! for their entire 2010 season.
And so here they are: the 10 least valuable players for the 2010 regular season.
10. Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Derek Anderson was once a Pro Bowl quarterback in the NFL. But his 2010 season was both pathetic and laughable.
The Cardinals went 2-9 in games that Anderson participated for a significant amount of time.
Anderson barely kept his completion percentage above 50 this season, and exceeded 60 in only one game.
Four quarterbacks—Brees, Manning, Rivers and Brady—had a completion percentage equal to or greater than Anderson's QB rating (65.9).
Not to mention, Anderson gave us arguably 2010's most memorable rant in his postgame press conference after a Monday night loss to the 49ers on Nov. 29.
9. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
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Beyond the fact that Alex Smith has been a large bust as a No. 1 overall pick in the NFL, he had the opportunity to lead the 49ers to a division title in the weak NFC West.
Smith started the 'Niners first seven games this season. The team went 1-6. In those seven games, Smith threw nine TDs and nine INTs and never recorded a QB rating of 100+ in any single game.
The 49ers failed to make the playoffs and fired head coach Mike Singletary prior to Week 17.
Smith's less than spectacular play from the start helped doom the 49ers' season.
8. Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins
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As a member of the Denver Broncos in 2009, Brandon Marshall fell onto then head coach Josh McDaniels' bad side. He was benched for the 2009 season finale amid a Pro Bowl season and traded in April 2010 to the Dolphins after back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons.
Marshall was expected to ignite the Dolphins' passing attack. Miami was an average offensive team without Marshall in 2009, ranking 15th and 17th in points and yardage offensively. Yet somehow the team regressed in 2010 after adding Marshall, dipping to 30th and 21st in points and yardage.
After averaging over 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and almost eight touchdowns per season since 2007, Marshall grabbed just 86 passes, recorded barely over 1,000 yards and scored just three touchdowns in 2010.
Miami finished 7-9 and in 3rd place in the AFC East for the second straight season.
7. Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets
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Darrelle Revis received very little recognition this season. The Jets played two Monday Night Football games this season; Revis was barely mentioned in either of the telecasts.
His Jet teammates were very bothered by his absence during his preseason holdout and very appreciative when he returned. But his impact was barely felt all season long.
Revis recorded zero interceptions in 2010 after averaging almost five in his previous three Pro Bowl season.
The Jets still had a successful season but Revis didn't have the type of season he was accustomed to.
6. Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers
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The Chargers were one of the league's biggest disappointments in 2010.
Coming off of a Pro Bowl season in 2009, Vincent Jackson sat out 2010 due to a contract dispute until Week 12 at Indianapolis. He didn't record a catch in that game. He sat out the next game versus Oakland.
Jackson caught three touchdowns and recorded over 100 yards receiving a the Chargers' Week 15 blowout of San Francisco for his only meaningful production of the season.
The Chargers didn't qualify for the playoffs. Their offense was expected to carry them to a division title. Instead, without Antonio Gates and a host of receivers due to injury, the Chargers sputtered to a 9-7 finish.
Jackson was expected to emerge as one of the elite NFL receivers by the end of the season. Instead, he falls back into the mix, much like the Chargers heading into next season.
5. Donovan McNabb, QB, Washington Redskins
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Donovan McNabb was traded to division rival Washington in April for a second-round pick.
At that point, regardless of how his Philadelphia turned out, McNabb was still good enough to be a productive starting quarterback in the NFL.
From the start though,it appeared that Philadelphia made out on the deal to get rid of McNabb.
McNabb threw the fewest touchdown passes since his rookie season and the most interceptions of his career. The Redskins ranked 31st in 3rd down conversion percentage this season.
McNabb was benched in the Redskins' Week 8 loss to Detroit. Yet the team gave him a contract extension two weeks later. Worse, McNabb was benched for the final three games of the season.
Needless to say, McNabb dropped off quite a bit in 2010.
4. Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
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Brett Favre returned to Vikings for his 20th professional season in 2010. It was his last and it was one of his worst.
The Vikings, the NFC runners-up a season ago, were 4-7 in games that Favre started and finished. The four teams Minnesota beat in those games combined to win just 21 games.
Favre only played two games in which he didn't throw an at least one interception.
Favre suffered through a slew of injuries, got head coach Brad Childress fired, and ended his consecutive games started streak all in 2010.
2010 season stats
3. Randy Moss, WR, Patriots/Vikings/Titans
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At age 33, Randy Moss was still considered an elite NFL receiver entering the 2010 season.
Some fantasy drafts had him going in the top 10. And presumably he killed some owners' fantasy seasons at the receiver position.
Moss' season went south in a hurry. It seemingly began when issues arose over his contract status with the Patriots. He declared very early in the season that he would not address it publicly.
All seemed to be fine as the Patriots rolled to a 3-1 start. Moss had already pulled in three receiving touchdowns. But in Week 4, he recorded zero catches for zero yards.
And the rest is history.
Moss was traded to Minnesota for a third-round pick Oct. 6. As a Viking, he wasn't outstanding and became a locker room distraction. He was waived by the team after four games.
The Titans claimed him off waivers—the only team to put in a claim for Moss. He'd finish the season with only five catches in three games for Tennessee.
Moss produced career low numbers in all major statistical categories for receiving.
2. Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
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Carson Palmer and the Bengals enjoyed a division title in 2009, and after adding Terrell Owens to their offensive weaponry for the 2010 season, expectations for another playoff berth remained.
The Bengals got off to a 2-1 start but Palmer wasn't terrific in those games. He threw three TDs and three picks in those games, then the team fell apart. The Bengals lost 10 straight games after the 2-1 start.
Palmer surely lost his status as an elite quarterback. Thought he threw for almost 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, he threw too many interceptions (20), some of which were costly pick-sixes.
Eventually this season, Palmer became a quarterback against whom you could bet with confidence.
The Bengals plummeted to a 4-12 finish and will select second overall in the 2011 draft, a long way from a promising division title a season ago.
2010 season stats
1. Albert Haynesworth, DT, Washington Redskins
After finally passing his conditioning test, thus clearing him to play for the Redskins under first year head coach Mike Shanahan, Albert Haynesworth was nothing but awful this season.
Haynesworth is the highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL. Though he doesn't have to in turn be the best defensive lineman in the league, he can't make a meaningless contribution to his team—that's for sure.
Haynesworth—a two-time Pro Bowler—had a very forgettable season in 2010.
After averaging 40+ tackles and 6+ sacks per season since 2007, Haynesworth recorded just 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2010.
Perhaps the enduring image of him this season is featured in the video above. In a Monday night home game versus Philadelphia, Haynesworth memorably laid on the field while a Michael Vick scramble play continued.
On Dec. 7, the team suspended Haynesworth for the remainder of the season.